Malaria outbreak in Virginia

ATLANTA -- There were ten cases of malaria reported across the United States during the week ending October 10th, four of which occurred in Virginia.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, single cases of malaria were reported in six other states: Michigan, Minnesota, Florida, California, Oregon and Washington.

Forty cases of malaria were reported in Virginia last year. Forty-two cases have been reported to date in 2009.

According to the CDC, 910 cases of malaria have been reported in the U.S. so far this year. The total number of cases reported for all of 2008 was 959.

The CDC describes malaria as "a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans." Symptoms include "high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness." The Center affirms that "illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented."

According to the CDC, "the vast majority of cases in the United States are in travelers and immigrants returning from malaria-risk areas, many from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia."